Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)

People have expert knowledge about their own health and illness. It is essential that this knowledge is respected and included in health research. This is recognised by international and national agencies such as the World Health Organisation, Health Research Board, Irish Research Council and the Health Service Executive. It also resonates with UL’s commitment to Community Engagement.

The PPI theme was launched in the HRI in 2016 and is a cross cutting theme with Lifestyle and Health, Health Services Delivery and Technology Enhanced Health Outcomes.  The theme is led by Professor Anne MacFarlane, Professor of Primary Healthcare Research at the School of Medicine. Professor MacFarlane established and leads the Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) Research Unit in the School of Medicine, which has been designated a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Migrants’ Involvement in health research.

The objective of the PPI theme in the HRI is to develop capacity for meaningful PPI in health research.

8th Annual Public and Patient Involvement Summer School 15th & 16th June 2023 Funder logos at the bottom of poster.

The PPI Summer School provides a co-learning environment to build capacity for high-quality public, patient and carer involvement in health research. This will be accomplished through training, sharing and networking among researchers, patients, carers, clinicians, policy-makers and other relevant partners.

The PPI Summer School 2023, took place on June 15th & 16th of this year.


This research group brings together arts-based and participatory scholars from medicine, nursing & midwifery, and the performing arts, as well as a leading NGO for migrants. Our vision is to develop increased understanding of the role of arts-based methods as participatory strategies for involving migrants in health research.

PPI Ignite Network @ UL

UL was awarded a PPI Ignite grant from the Health Research Board and Irish Research Council in 2017 to support researchers to involve public and patients in their research. In 2021, 7 Irish HEIs came together to form the PPI Ignite Network, led from NUI Galway and with UL as a Lead Site.

The work focuses on

  • Building national PPI capacity across communities
  • Embedding PPI scholarship into postgraduate and undergraduate education
  • Embedding PPI locally and nationally
  • Promoting PPI excellence
  • Building a strong national PPI network

The PPI Ignite Network @ UL has local partnerships with Care Alliance Ireland, the Health Sciences Academy, Health Research Charities Ireland, Shannon Family Resource Centre and the UNESCO Knowledge for Change project.

PPI Ignite Network @ UL draws on the tradition of participatory health research to promote meaningful involvement of the public and patients.

For more information, email: or see our shared drive here 

April PPI Club

PPI Club will recommence after the summer.


workshop feb 23

PPI Ignite Network @ UL Core Team Members